Rehena Jamadar, a 44-year-old
woman living in a small Indian village, has only had electricity
for the last 14 years of her life. If she had been able to have the
lights on earlier in her life, she says, she would have gone to
university. This isn’t a rare story; roughly 4 of 10 people today
use less electricity per year than a modern refrigerator. Robert
Bryce has been researching and writing on these issues for a long
time, most recently in his documentary “Juice” and book “A Question
of Power.” He argues that electricity makes the world go round,
determining the fate and wealth of people to the same extent that
guns, germs, and steel used to shape our stories. On today’s
episode: the generator mafias in Lebanon, the soaring demand for
energy by the marijuana industry, and what the pandemic has taught
Robert about the grid.
About the Podcast
Breakthrough Dialogues is the podcast for pragmatists and problem-solvers, brought to you by the Breakthrough Institute. At Breakthrough Dialogues we sit down with some of the world’s leading thinkers to talk about modern and technological solutions to environmental problems. Listen regularly and you’ll learn about energy and climate change, conservation and human development, food and farming, urbanization and industrialization, and more.